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Intense Pulsed Light

 

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a technology based on a high intensity light and is used for permanent hair removal, the treatment of spider veins and other vascular lesions, sun damage and other pigmented lesions, acne, vascular or pigmented birth marks and in general for a treatment known as Photofacial or Photorejuvenation.

IPL therapy is a non-ablative technique as it targets the lower layers of the skin, the dermis, without affecting the top layers of the skin, the epidermis. This results in a much safer procedure compared to others, such as lasers, with minimal downtime.

This treatment can be applied to the entire body, with face, neck, décolletage and hands being the most popular areas.

The therapist applies the flashing cold glass head of the equipment’s handle on the area to be treated. These flashes release a light that travels through the skin until it finds the problem areas and converts into heat energy which creates the desired effects.

A local anaesthetic can be used, however, it is not generally necessary as the treatment is relatively painless compared to other techniques.

Our IPL device employs the latest technology and offers fast, comfortable and effective treatments while keeping your budget in mind. There are four modes to choose from:

 

Hair Removal Mode

During the treatment the light released travels through the skin until it strikes the bulb, which is the root of the hair, where the highest concentration of melanin is located. The light then converts into heat instantly vaporizing the bulb and most of the hair shaft. The intense heat also destroys the hair-producing papilla and the entire hair follicle.

Most hair types, including lighter shades, can be treated by IPL. Generally, the darker the hair, the better the response, and the thicker the hair,  the quicker the results. Additionally, light skin requires fewer treatments whereas dark skin requires more as it is necessary to reduce the energy of the light emitted in order to avoid damaging the highly pigmented skin.

In most cases 4-6 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart, are required to obtain the desired results.

 

 

Vascular Removal Mode

Intense Pulsed Light can treat a variety of vascular lesions including spider veins, rosacea, broken capillaries, telangiectases and vascular birth marks.

 

In this case light targets the red pigment in the blood, which is known as haemoglobin. The heat released destroys the pigment and the vessel walls without affecting the neighbouring skin or other tissues. The body then reabsorbs what is left of the vessel, along with its contents, and replaces it with new collagen.

 

Most conditions can be treated with only 1 or 2 sessions at 3 week intervals.

 

 

Skin Rejuvenation Mode

 

During Photorejuvenation, also known as Photofacial, IPL is used to treat a variety of conditions including sun damage, age spots, freckles, pigmented birthmarks, skin discoloration, broken veins and capillaries, redness of the skin, wrinkles and stretch marks.

 

Using this handle, the light emitted travels through the skin targeting areas with increased pigmentation and shatters these pigment cells. Photofacials result in skin with improved appearance, texture, colour and radiance. In addition to reducing skin discoloration, sun damage and redness, Photofacials also stimulate new collagen production beneath the skin surface which remodels the collagen, firms the skin and shrinks the pores.

 

Most conditions can be treated with only 1 or 2 sessions at 3 week intervals.

 

 

Acne Removal Mode

 

Our IPL device releases a light that destroys the bacteria that live in the skin and cause acne, while at the same time targets the overactive sebaceous glands which cause outbreaks of pustules. This helps to prevent over production of excess sebum, cleans the skin, improves the skin condition and in general reduces active acne.

 

In most cases 2 to 3 treatments 3 weeks apart will be adequate to achieve good results.

 

 

 

 

 

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